Samsung's new Tizen-powered Z3 handset will be available in India on Oct 21

Samsung's new Tizen-powered Z3 handset will be available in India on Oct 21

In a Wednesday post on the Samsung Tomorrow blog, Samsung has announced its new handset -- the Samsung Z3 -- powered by the company's own Tizen operating system. The Z3 is a low-cost handset, aimed at the consumers in emerging markets.

The newly-announced Samsung Z3 is the second Samsung handset running the Tizen software, instead of the Google Android OS which powers the majority of Samsung’s popular handsets. The first Samsung handset running the Tizen OS was the Z1 smartphone.

Announcing the new Z3 smartphone, Samsung said that the device is scheduled to hit the Indian market on October 21. The cost of the handset in India will be Rs. 8,490 (approximately $130).

The hardware of the new Samsung Z3 handset is cased in a slim, metallic body with lightly curved edges to the rear. Some of the most notable features of the Z3 handset include a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display; a 1.3GHz quad-core processor; 1GB of RAM; an 8-megapixel rear camera; a 5-megapixel front-facing camera; a 2,600mAh battery; and 8GB of onboard storage capacity, expandable via a microSD slot.

About the new Z3 handset, J.K. Shin -- the CEO and head of Samsung’s IT and mobile business -- said in a statement. "We developed the Samsung Z3 to provide the features that will help consumers capitalize on the growing Tizen ecosystem and make the most out of their personal mobile experience."

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